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30 Years of Supporting Diversity and Graduate Excellence: The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

2016 SROP participants on the front steps of Rackham.

2016 SROP participants on the front steps of Rackham.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), one of the University of Michigan’s most dynamic recruitment efforts intended to prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue Ph.D.s in the biological, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences. The program also included humanities students and departments until 2015, when MICHHERS was created as a separate program for this area.

A Banner Year for Rackham Merit Fellowships

The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) has been one of the Rackham Graduate School’s largest and most successful innovations for enhancing student diversity, and thereby the quality of the intellectual environment in graduate education at U-M. By offering financial assistance to those students who might not otherwise have access, the RMF not only seeks to reduce disparities in graduate education but also encourages the inclusion of students who represent a broad array of life experiences and perspectives.

An Interview with Associate Dean Tabbye M. Chavous, Winner of “Cornerstone Award”

Associate Dean Tabbye M. Chavous recently received the “Cornerstone Award” at the Black Celebratory, one of many intimate, identity- and culturally-based graduation celebrations on campus. “The Black Celeb is a truly joyous event” she says, “All of the graduates’ names and the programs from which they earned their degrees are read aloud, allowing each to be celebrated and acknowledged by family and friends. Also, there are often announcements of ‘firsts,’ for example, being the first black woman to graduate from a program. There are inspirational speeches from current students and alumni.